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Legalized sports betting unlikely in 3 largest US states

2 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, March 02 2019 Mar 2, 2019 March 02, 2019 8:31 AM March 02, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By GEOFF MULVIHILL
Associated Press

By year's end, it's possible that roughly 20 states will have taken advantage of a recent Supreme Court ruling and legalized sports betting. The nation's three most populous states are not likely to be among them.

California, Florida and Texas, with more than a quarter of the total U.S. population, are attractive markets for nearly any industry. That includes sports betting, given that these states are home to one-fourth of the franchises in the four major professional sports leagues.

And yet sports betting is not likely to be approved there anytime soon, if at all.

In California, casino-operating Native American tribes stand in the way. In Florida, a deal would probably need support from one powerful casino-operating tribe. And Texas has a long history of restricting gambling of any kind.

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